USADF – Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (8 proposals to Win Up to $100,000 Each)

USADF – Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (8 proposals to Win Up to $100,000 Each)

Deadline: June 20, 2014

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is pleased to partner with General Electric Africa (GE) and the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in requesting proposals for the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge Round Two.

Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access – particularly off-grid solutions – extending the delivery of electrification to un-served and underserved communities in the target countries. The type of renewable energy technologies to be proposed may include, but not limited to, solar, biogas, biomass, hydro, wind, direct use geothermal and hybrid systems.


  • In this second round of competition, eighteen winning proposals – approximately three per country – will be selected, with the funding of each proposal up to a maximum of US $100,000.


  • USADF will consider proposals from 100% African owned and 100% African managed enterprises, associations or organizations from Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Tanzania and Ghana.
  • The organizations must not be government owned or operated in any way.
  • Applicants may be developers of their own technology and/or may be acquiring and implementing technology developed elsewhere.
  • Applicants need to be legally registered in the project country, demonstrate the capacity to track and manage the project resources and operate in good standing with their local government.
  • Projects are not to exceed 12 months in duration.

Winning projects must:

  • Further develop, scale up or extend use of proven technologies for off –grid energy.
  • Benefit marginalized or low income rural or urban populations currently underserved by utility companies.
  • Demonstrate financial sustainability or the potential for financial sustainability.
  • Have a proven track record of experience or project sponsors or partners with a proven track record of related experience.
  • Proposals are to be limited to a maximum of US$100,000. Leveraged funds from other sources are encouraged. These other sources of funds must be adequately documented to be considered.
  • Project must be located within the country of application.

Applications will not be considered if:

  • They are not 100% African owned and are not 100% African managed. o All owners, members of the Board of Directors and senior management must be from and reside in the country where the project will be located.
  • They do not express clearly how they will benefit marginalized, grassroots people in their country.
  • They are not fully and legally registered in the country in which they are proposing to operate.
  • They do not meet the 12 month timeline required.
  • They do not document adequate expertise in the field they are proposing or document how they will acquire the expertise to carry out the project.
  • If it is not plainly documented how the concept is feasible to be carried out.

Application process:

All applicants are required to use the attached business proposal template. The completed proposal template along with the required documentation should be submitted by email on or before deadline to the appropriate email address for the applicant’s country:

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